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President Obama: The Hyphenated Christian

Christopher Harris

Nothing like celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, while praising other faiths that deny the Resurrection. Who would do that? Well, the President of the United States…WHO ELSE?!?!

Yep, our “Dear Leader”, a supposedly devout Christian, once again managed to prominently mention and honor the religion of his earthly father…when he was supposed to be focusing on the Resurrection of his Messiah, the only begotten son of his Heavenly Father.

During his weekly radio address, on Saturday, April 19th, Obama said this:

For me, and for countless other Christians, Holy Week and Easter are times for reflection and renewal.  We remember the grace of an awesome God, who loves us so deeply that He gave us his only Son, so that we might live through Him.  We recall all that Jesus endured for us – the scorn of the crowds, the agony of the cross – all so that we might be forgiven our sins and granted everlasting life.  And we recommit ourselves to following His example, to love and serve one another, particularly “the least of these” among us, just as He loves every one of us.

The common thread of humanity that connects us all – not just Christians and Jews, but Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs – is our shared commitment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  To remember, I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper.  Whatever your faith, believer or nonbeliever, there’s no better time to rededicate ourselves to that universal mission.

I am no Bible scholar, but Jesus clearly stated, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7 KJV)

Back in 2012, author Ed Klein had interviewed Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the man who baptized Obama’s children, and was his pastor for 20 years. During that interview, Wright supposedly said that Obama came to him for some “spiritual advice”, because he apparently didn’t know exactly who he was. Wright then said to him,

Well, we know your Islam background and you have that, but what you need now is some coaching on Christianity.”

At that point, Klein asked Wright,

Did you convert him from being a Muslim to a Christian?

To which Wright replied,

Well I don’t know if I could go that far but I can tell that I made it comfortable for him to accept Christianity without having to renounce his Islamic background.

When I look at the words of Jeremiah Wright, and then I think about the Presidents own words in his “Easter Address”, one of my favorite scriptures immediately comes to mind. James, the brother of Jesus, and an early leader in the spread of Christianity said, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:8 KJV).

Well, not only is this man the first Hyphenated-American to hold the Presidency, he is apparently also the first Hyphenated-Christian to hold the Presidency. In the immortal words of Dr. Phil, “How’s that working out for you?”

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  1. Anne

    The hyphen, in his case, is “pseudo-“.

  2. Anne

    Correct my last typo, “pseudo”. Darn speed typing.

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